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Today in History: Thursday, August  25, 2016
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On Aug. 25, 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.
 
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1718Hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling in present-day New Orleans.
1825Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.
1875Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.
1916The National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.
1921The United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.
1950President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.
1975The album "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen was released.
1984Author Truman Capote was found dead at age 59.
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1985Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her peace tour of the communist country, was killed with her father in an airplane crash in Maine.
1997The tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with the state of Florida.
1998Former Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell died at age 90.
2003Tennis champion Pete Sampras announced his retirement during a news conference at the U.S. Open in New York.
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2009Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., died at age 77.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Sean Connery turns 86 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Monty HallGame show host ("Let's Make a Deal")95
Regis PhilbinTalk show, game show host85
Wayne ShorterJazz saxophonist83
Tom SkerrittActor ("Picket Fences")83
Marshall BrickmanFilmmaker77
Rollie FingersBaseball Hall of Famer70
Gene SimmonsRock musician (Kiss)67
Rob HalfordRock singer (Judas Priest)65
Elvis CostelloRock musician62
Tim BurtonDirector58
Billy Ray CyrusCountry singer55
Ally WalkerActress55
Blair UnderwoodActor52
Albert BelleBaseball player50
Jeff TweedyRock singer (Wilco)49
Rachael RayTV chef48
Claudia SchifferModel46
Rachel BilsonActress ("The O.C.")35
Actress Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") turns 29 years old today.
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